Ellasón was founded in 2012; a musical group based on Baby Bass, vocals, chorus, guitar/voice guitar trio/chorus, congas, bongos, cowbells, two clarinets, violin, and a voice leader.
The musical execution of this very young feminine octet concentrates on finding a more contemporary aesthetic of “La Trova” and the Latin-American and Cuban traditional music. Following the research of the different rhythms, and inspired by the legends of “La Trova” and the traditional Cuban music, these girls have come together to revive this music using Compay Segundo as a paradigm, and the work of Sindo Garay and Mexico: the Yucatecan Trova as a foundation. Within the music genre acquired of Ellasón, they have the Changüí, Chachachá, Son, Bolero, Canción, etc. With a new music design, they have established standard use of the clarinets and a constant tribute to the Aragón violin. This new format stamps the results of a typical approach to the sonority created by Charanga, and recreates an atmosphere of an authentic Jazz Band, which transports us back in time to the era bloomed in which these groups where flourishing.
In 1996, Leannee Rosa Veitia studied music with a specialty in violin at the Olga Alonso Devilla Clara Vocational School of Art. She was part of a Children’s Orchestra directed by Professor Arleti Molerio. In 2003 she joined the Samuel Feijóo Professional School of Art, under the tutelage of Juan Aguila Mendoza. She continued studying at the National School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Irving Frontera Rico. In this school, she was part of the Symphony Orchestra directed by Master Tempo Lourdes Santisteban Mora. Leannee is also the founder of Entre Amigos String Orchestra, directed by the renowned teacher and musician Irving Frontera Rico. She graduated in 2009 from Nivel Medio in violin and fulfilled her social service in the Symphony Orchestra of Villa Clara, where she has played under Enrique Pérez Mesa and Claudio Abado. In 2010 she auditioned at Provincial Center of Music and Entertainment Rafael Prats Villa Clara, and became part of The Miranda Duo. In 2012 she performed the violin on the album Maikel Cuartet, which won the Cubadisco Award that same year. In the 2013 Cubadisco event, Leannee Rosa received a Diploma Recognition by the prominent use of her violin in Ellasón. Her octet has worked with many prestigious musicians such as Maikel Elizarde, who acts as composer and arranger, Alexis Arce (Pututi), Cesar Bacaro and Juan Manuel Campos. Currently they belong to the catalog of the Provincial Center of Music and Entertainment Rafael Prats in Villa Clara, which consist of a jury of the most prestigious musicians of the province. After hearing Ellasón perform, this jury declared and quoted: “Talented femaleoctet of middle and upper music level and experience working together: They presented a repertoire of traditional folk music where arrangements are well billed and conformed to a unique format. All musicians fulfill their purpose in their specialties. The choruses are well bound and adjusted. Leading voices have the professional requirements for their performance. The percussionist, vocalists and tresera exceled their parts. For all of their hard work, the jury finds that they meet the technical, professional, and artistic performance parameters” ”Since then, the group has held concerts at the most important music halls in City Santa Clara and the country, such as; Teatro La Caridad, Museum of Decorative Arts, City House, Museum of History, Music Museum “Alejandro García Caturla” the Mejunje, among other cultural institutions in Santa Clara, Sala Esteban Salas in Santiago de Cuba, Room Lecuona the Gran Teatro de La Habana, Music Museum, Casa Museo José Lezama Lima, House of Culture of Guanabacoa, Teatro Amadeo Roldan, Hotel Meliá Varadero, Meliá Cayo Santa María, and Sol Melia, among others.
Ellasón participated in the 51st Edition Festival de la Trova Pepe Sanchez held in March 2013 in Santiago de Cuba and also in the Provincial Club Event Danzon Sixto Contreras given in Placetas in January 2014. That same year they recorded their independent production album called Renacer Son. It is important to distinguish the histrionic development that this octet has, alongside a pleasant femininity make for a visually impactful performance, combining uniforms, dance, improvisation and talent. They are currently working on the northern coast at Barcelo Melia hotels and Memories.
Performances at the Museum of Decorative Arts, Concert Hall Martha Abreu del Teatro La Caridad, Cultural Center Mejunje, Art Gallery, and Governor’s House, have given the groups career a prestige, regular audience and the media recognition. All this means that the group is constantly renewed, with high professional and repertory rigor, assuming all possible genres in Spanish and English.
They have shared stages with the Santiaguero septet, Canelas groupm Angel Bonne, and other
presentations on national TV including Mediodía tv, El termómetro, Bravo con Choren, and A Puro Corazón. On Tele Cubanacan provincial channel, They have an active participation in all areas of musical profile. Ellasón is part of national catalog. Last year they participated in the prestigious International Festival of Santiago de Cuba MatamoroSon, making a very good impression in the very demanding Sancsti Spiritus and Ciego de Avila.
Traditional Cuban Music
Catalog Number: AR0003